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Below is an official statement from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

 Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced his appointment of Dr. Robert “Bob” Buschman as Georgia’s State Economist, effective September 1. Dr. Buschman currently serves as Interim Director of the Public Finance Research Cluster at Georgia State University.

“I look forward to benefiting from Dr. Buschman’s wealth of knowledge as he steps into this new role as a partner in crafting our state budget and ensuring our state economy remains strong,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “With his help, I’m confident we will continue to maintain our AAA bond rating, balance our state budgets, and deliver more opportunity for hardworking Georgians.”

Robert “Bob” Buschman serves as Interim Director of the Public Finance Research Cluster (PFRC), Associate Director for the Fiscal Research Center (FRC), and a Senior Research Associate with the FRC and the Center for State and Local Finance. He is FRC’s key contact for fiscal note analyses of proposed Georgia revenue legislation, the state tax expenditure report, and tax incentive evaluations. Dr. Buschman’s research interests include corporate and personal taxation, growth and equity effects of tax reform, state and local fiscal policy, and other fiscal matters. He has also taught macroeconomics at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Buschman worked for several years in corporate banking and corporate financial management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, an MBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.


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